Published: Tue, February 25, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Activision targets Call of Duty leaks with all-out legal firepower

Activision targets Call of Duty leaks with all-out legal firepower

In response to this leak, Activision has reportedly issued a subpoena to Reddit to expose one leaker. While it remains unannounced, players have found themselves accidentally transported into its tutorial, and there is detailed information relating to its map and mechanics online. "Reddit is the service provider to which the subject of the subpoena - Reddit user "Assyrian241O" - posted infringing Activision content". Over at Reddit, a new thread appeared, where thousands of players agree that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the first game that should be supported for years to come.

Contrary to the initial claim, that the user "found this image online", he or she later confessed to it being sent to them by an "inside source".

It feels like the more we learn the less certainty we have, and this is in part to how Activision and Infinity Ward are handling the information flow regarding Warzone. The link to the infringing post included in the subpoena has since been deleted, according to the report.

The company has chose to go for Assyrian2410, the Reddit user who published an art of Warzone, which is what will be called the battle royale of Infinity Ward, resulting in his hunt in a lawsuit against Reddit itself.

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Activision declined to comment when contacted by Eurogamer, but its course of action is not a surprise given the nature of the leak.

Last week, a piece of key art with a 'Call of Duty: Warzone' logo hit Reddit and spread to other forms of social media.

The subpoena was signed by the county clerk Jordan Burgan on February 19 and will require Reddit to hand over the personal details of Assyrian2410 by February 28. As Gizmodo points out, when Reddit faced a similar case in 2019, the courts decided that anyone from anywhere can rely on the right to freedom of anonymous expression under the First Amendment because Reddit is an American platform. Modern Warfare's recent Season 2 update just confirmed that Battle Royale is indeed coming... but it might be much sooner than you think.

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